Published: March 28, 2011

Easy-to-read Handbook designed to help law students and junior lawyers avoid common pitfalls

“All survival handbooks--lawyers, doctors, architects--tell newly minted professionals how to succeed as a grown-up. You could learn by trial and error and live with the inevitable injuries or you can read Andrew Hartman's fine Handbook and thrive without having a single permanent scar.  The choice is yours.”

 - James B. Zagel, United States District Judge, Author of Money To Burn

Boulder –– An exciting new advice book for law students and junior lawyers helps them to avoid new attorney’s common mistakes. The author, Andy Hartman, is the Director of Colorado Law’s experiential learning program after working 20+ plus years in practice and as a partner at major national law firms. 

Geared at helping law students and junior lawyers make the transition from law school to law practice, the book is written in a unique “he said, she said” format with narrative by Hartman interspersed with commentary by Carin Ulrich Stacy, a 20-year veteran lawyer development officer at major national firms and co-founder, along with Professor William Henderson of the Indiana University, of LawyerMetrics, a highly touted professional development consulting firm.

The book, available at, is written in a breezy style but chocked with invaluable guidance for lawyer and law students alike.  It fills that gap between the highly doctrinal legal education and what students need to know about actual practice.  Hartman should know.  For over five years, he was in charge of all junior associate reviews for Cooley LLP, a 500+ AmLaw 100 firm, where he was also partner for 10 years.

For students and newly minted lawyers who are interested in private practice, in particular with large or mid-sized firms, this is a must-read.  Hartman and Stacy tells of the mistakes they have seen (and made in Hartman’s case) and give advice on how to avoid or ameliorate them.   These two have a unique perspective as being insiders and outside consultants to law firms, as well as first-hand experiences as a law student, associate and partner.

The book covers everything from interviews to performance and from graceful exits to partnership prospects.  Hartman and Stacy provide case studies on personalities and direct, poignant advice. It covers serious topics such as teamwork, management and reviews as well as important things like firm parties, cars and fashion.  

Law students, junior lawyers and those interested in the practice are the target audience for this entertaining yet educational read.  Hartman and Stacy manage to cram 40 years of experience into a 150-page handbook.  The bang for the buck can’t be beat.

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The University of Colorado Law School ( was established in 1892 and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools, organized in 1901. The school has been on the American Bar Association's list of approved law schools since its first publication in 1923. Colorado Law advances the mission of the University and the greater legal community: through teaching, to employ robust theoretical inquiry, doctrinal and policy analysis, and professional skills and to integrate interdisciplinary study opportunities; through scholarship, to develop and test new ideas and approaches, to challenge the status quo, and to convey our research and ideas; and through public service, to contribute our time and talents in pursuit of our mission and to instill in our students an awareness of a lawyer’s civic responsibilities and opportunities to serve and lead. With its favorable faculty-to-student ratio, stellar bar-passage rate, outstanding student- and faculty profile, and low tuition cost, the University of Colorado Law School is one of the top law schools in the nation and the only public law school in Colorado.

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